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The Importance of Programming

Updated: Nov 15








 

THE IMPORTANCE

OF PROGRAMMING


 

Programming is the first and most important step in the design process. A good design should stem from knowledge and information about what and who you are designing for.

It sets the foundation for any successful project.



PROGRAMMING:

WHAT IS IT?


Interior design is so much more than paint and carpet. Although finishes can play a big part in the ambiance of the workplace, aesthetics won't make your space functional. Understanding how a space is utilized, and studying workflows and processes is key in designing a space that fosters productivity and supports efficiency.



The purpose of programming is to take a critical look at an existing space to address everything that works and to weed out what doesn't. This can be anything from the layout of company departments, to a lack of storage space. After an analysis of the inner workings of the current space is performed, it is also important to consider and plan for future needs.


When looking at a company's future needs it is important to consider not only a 3-5 year plan, but also beyond to ensure you create a space you are able to adapt with.


Once the 'interview process' is complete with a client and all information has been gathered, it is time to start planning. Each puzzle piece has its place within the overall design and should represent a solution that connects back to the information within the programming.




PROGRAMMING IS NOT

ONE SIZE FITS ALL


Having open soft seating areas for a group of people who spend 95% of their day in front of a computer may not be the most beneficial use of space. Modern corporate design puts a huge emphasis on collaboration and incorporating collaborative spaces in your office, but what if you're in a field with little to no collaboration?


How can you give employees a good environment that promotes a balance between work and socialization that reduces workplace burnout and retains talent?


Companies have been restructuring their offices to accommodate the major shift in work styles and schedules post-pandemic. Different trends have formed throughout office space. For example, offices with a majority of employees that work independently, such as call centers, have been putting emphasis on a nice, central space for employees to break away and refresh. Since the majority of employees spend their time on the phone and computer, putting in collaboration spaces or huddle rooms could be a waste of square footage and money.


Instead, opening up the break room and adding features that attract employees to it encourage employees to step away and connect with one another, sparking a great company culture.




On the other end, if your employees are constantly having impromptu meetings with 2-3 other employees, having one large board room might not be the best use of space. Companies have been ditching the 20-person, overbooked board room and opting for a few small huddle rooms, eliminating the fight over scheduling a conference room.





Each and every office lends itself to a different work style. Programming gives you insight into what you need to make the best use of space.




HOW TO

START THE PROCESS


There are many new trends in the commercial office world and as a company manager or owner, it can be hard to keep up. Instead of feeling the need to have the solution for what's best for your company, let us help! Reach out to us at design@studio-smc.com or give us a call 724.728.8625. We'd love to start the programming process with you!




To explore other topics, check out our other blogs, "Less "Me" Space, More "We" Space | Re-utilizing Real Estate to Increase the Use of your Office."







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